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Hummer, King file for re-election to EC Council seats

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Elizabeth City City Councilors Anita Hummer and Rickey King have filed for re-election, meaning almost every incumbent on the council is seeking another term.

The councilors filed for re-election on Tuesday. Hummer is seeking her ninth consecutive term in the Second Ward and King is seeking his third consecutive term in the Third Ward. Mayor Bettie Parker and all other councilors, except for Third Ward Councilor Kem Spence, already filed for re-election last week.

Hummer said she waited to file until she discussed running again with her family and constituents, and got the support of both.

As for why she’s running once more, she said, “I like what I do and I like trying to help people.” She also said she wants to see some ongoing projects to fruition.

One top priority is opening a new senior center, she said, alluding to the city and Pasquotank County agreeing to buy and renovate The Daily Advance building to replace the small senior center at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center. City and county staff have hired an architect and are planning the renovations, which they hope to complete by early next year.

Hummer also said the city’s police department is a priority for her. The city needs to fill vacant positions that are forcing current officers to work a lot of overtime, and needs to continue supporting community policing initiatives, she said.

Hummer also said the city needs to offer more youth activities, and encouraged meeting with young people to see what facilities they want. The city built a skatepark based on such feedback, she noted.

King said he is running again, but if elected, he will not seek another term. That’s because of family; he noted his adult children are split between Tennessee and Maryland.

King also said he wants to see some of the city’s ongoing projects to completion, including the senior center and several economic development projects. The city and Pasquotank are supporting state grants to help two local companies expand, one being Telephonics and another operating under an alias, “Project Clarence,” while its plans remain tentative.

“Some great things are about to happen,” King said.

Hummer and King also said they’re not aware of any challengers filing for council yet, but King predicted there would be, based on past elections.

“We’ve got nine days” until the filing period closes, King said Wednesday. “Someone will pop up.”

Spence, who also serves the Third Ward, could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but has said he plans to seek re-election as well.

The filing period for municipal offices in Elizabeth City and neighboring towns continues weekdays through July 19 at noon.